Sample Saturday – a house, a party, and a new language

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I didn’t get around to posting this yesterday…

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Why I have it: Have followed Anna on Twitter for years – she’s witty and serious and smart and her writing gets to the guts of things.

Summary: Heather and Dave have found the perfect place to raise their first child. The house has character. And then, without warning, that life is over.

I’m thinking: Yes. It’s going to make me cry a lot. But I love it.

The After Party by Anton Disclafani

Why I have it: Spotted on this Huff Post list (which includes Charlotte Wood – yay!)

Summary: 1950s Houston, two friends – devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask.

“It was the one constant in our friendship: she would leave and I would look for her. Until I would not.”

I’m thinking: Yes, this is exactly the kind of fluff I like (although I really should read Riding Camp first, given that it’s in the TBR stack…).

Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel

Why I have it: Because I enjoyed Magda.

Summary: Lydia, a Londoner, converts to Islam, marries Rafiq and moves to Baghdad. It’s a story of love and delusion.

I’m thinking: No, didn’t grab me.

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